Commissioners tour jail amid $15.1M makeover

August 30, 2014 • Local News

The Chaves County commissioners tour the Chaves County Detention Center Friday morning. The $15 million renovation project will increase the jail’s maximum capacity from 267 inmates to 400. The project is expected to be completed by August 2015. (Jeff Tucker Photo)


Segregating inmates from each other for their own protection and keeping the men and women separated is like a daily chess game, said Chaves County Adult Detention Center Administrator Clay Corn.

Increasing the jail’s maximum capacity from 267 inmates to 400, coupled with a new dorm for females, will give jail officials more options, Corn said.

The five Chaves County commissioners toured the jail Friday morning amid a $15.1 million renovation project expected to be completed in August 2015.

Project superintendent Raul Perea of Bradbury Stamm Construction of Albuquerque said the challenge is keeping the jail operational during the extensive interior and exterior renovations.

“This is a running facility, 24/7,” Perea told the county commissioners and a handful of other county leaders who, Friday morning, officially toured the jail at 3701 S. Atkinson Ave. for the first time since construction began in earnest in January.

“Everybody has a role in the success of this project,” Perea said.

Perea said keeping the jail’s master control area running during interior reconstruction will likely be the toughest part of the project. Perea said it’s taken eight months of planning to Login to read more

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